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March 9, 2017

Decolonising the curriculum: it’s in the detail, not just in the definition

Image: Protesters shut down UCT on 3rd October 2016. Credit: Ashraf Hendricks for GroundUpCC BY-ND 4.0 

, Academic Staff Development Lecturer, Centre for Higher Education Development, University of Cape Town (UCT), , Senior Educational Development Practitioner, University of Venda, , Senior Researcher Academic Development, University of Zululand, , Teaching Facilitator, Vaal University of Technology, Ness Merckel, Academic Development

In the two years since student protests kicked off at South Africa’s universities, people have become increasingly interested in what decolonisation means. This stems from students’ calls for university curricula to be decolonised. People want a precise definition. But it’s not that simple.

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November 3, 2016

Open Education in South African Higher Education

Image credit: Ian Barbour/FlickrCC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

Dr Glenda Cox is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching the University of Cape Town

This post showcases an insightful perspective of the Open Education situation in the South African Higher Education System.

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October 11, 2016

Students in South Africa feel unheard. Here’s one way to listen

Critical dialogue could help South African universities get back on their feet. Ian Barbour/Flickr, CC BY-SA

, Academic Staff Development Lecturer, Centre for Higher Education Development, University of Cape Town (UCT), , Interim Head of the Health Sciences Education Department, UCT & , Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, UCT

The new round of protests at South Africa’s public universities was triggered by the announcement that universities will be allowed to raise their fees in 2017. Amid discussions about high fees and free higher education, many may have forgotten that students’ demands aren’t just related to cost.

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August 18, 2016

How online courses can bring the world into Africa’s classrooms

, Associate Professor, School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Cape Town

I am an anthropologist with a special interest in establishing the field of the medical humanities. This emerging field is wide open for producing new knowledge about the history and culture of medical practices. It focuses, for instance, on representations of patients and medical landscapes in art, literature, philosophy, bioethics, and other disciplines in the arts and humanities.

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June 21, 2016

Technology can revolutionise university access

Kyle Rother, University Of Cape Town

This is supposed to the era of the “massive open online course”, but universities and teachers are being slow to embrace this opportunity to make university learning available to a much wider audience.

 


Many students don’t consider downloading textbooks to be piracy. Shutterstock

Is it piracy? How students access academic resources

When it comes to accessing online learning materials, university students don't think much about whether their downloads might amount to piracy or copyright infringement.